Expansion of the HECS-HELP Benefit for early childhood education

To further encourage and support early childhood teachers working in areas of high need the Government has expanded the scope of the HECS-HELP Benefit for early childhood education teachers.

Changes include:

  • expanding the eligible postcodes to include all rural and remote areas, including regional cities. Areas with high indigenous population and areas of socio-economic disadvantage will continue to be targeted.
  • removing the requirement to spend 50 per cent of the week ‘teaching’.

The expanded benefit is available from 1 July 2012 for the 2011-12 income year and later years.

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